Dare to be Different 2021 Gala

October 24, 2021

10.24.21 It is the morning after our Gala, and a huge thank you needs to be said!  The 75 people who attended made the night so much fun, and participated in raising a lot of money for our kiddos. Thank you to everyone for parting with some hard-earned dollars to bid on auction items! We hope you love your winnings, as much as we loved gathering all of these pieces for you. Thank you again to each and every sponsor, honorary member, donor, and advertiser for your kind support – so many being there for us for many years. And to DJ Zac, Emcee Heather Morrison, Singer Gem Caruso, Live Auctioneer LeGrande, photographer Ashley Zannitto, florist The Country Florist, and the staff at the Terrace for making the night special for us all. As well thank you to Barbara Pitcher and Claire Hinman for running the wine pull, to Stephen Bogdan for public relations help, to Matt Ramotar for setting up the payment page, to our OT Department, Janet D’Amario and Marjie Powell for putting together the ornament favors, and to the gala planners, Crystal Hoey, Phyllis McGill, Kathleen Davis, Cindy Barkowski, Kelly Young and Vicki Ramotar for coordinating the event. Additional thanks to the Waters Edge crew for their remarkable attention to detail and wonderful service, food, and caring. Head to http://crossroadcenter.org/gala-2021-gratitude/ for pictures!

10.21.21 Regarding Covid Safety

Wondering if you need a mask or not? We will be following the mandates of the venue, and at this time, there are no restrictions. We will follow their lead of using the honor system, in that maskless persons are assumed to be fully vaccinated.  That said, those who feel more comfortable may certainly wear a mask. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have any symptoms – we will gladly refund your money.

The staff at The Terrace is completely vaccinated.

Thank you for your cooperation!

10.20.21 Please be sure to check into our MOBILE AUCTION  https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cccauc/ prior to Saturday’s event to bid in person or from afar!

10.19.21 All auction bidding is mobile!

Register now, bid now, pick up your winnings the night of the event, or at the school M-F 8 – 4.


10.15.21 FAQs 

Have questions? We have answers!


10.14.21 Bidding is open!

Go get it!


10.5.21 Join the AUCTION now!

This year we are very excited to have our auction on QGiv, an online platform for nonprofit fundraising! 

  • Yes, that means mobile bidding!
  • Every bidder needs to register on QGiv for the auction to bid on silent and live auction items.
  • The account you create is your “Givi”. 
  • This will make it possible for you to start viewing items as soon as you register!
  • Bidding will open on 10/14.
  • You’ll get updates when you are outbid, and have fun bidding up until the last minute.
  • Only in-person bidders will be able to bid on live auction items.
  • So use the link to create your Givi account, download the app and start viewing items right away.

9.29.21 Coming soon! Join the fun by registering for our auction:



The Gala payment page is back up and running! Thanks for your patience!

9.17.21 We’re excited to enter the age of mobile bidding! 



The Gala payment page is currently under maintenance. Please check back later.   

8/30/21 You are cordially invited!

  • See the invitation and rsvp pieces in the gallery below.
  • Download them here to print out Gala ’21INVITATION   Gala ’21 RSVP card 
  • Visit our GALA  PAGE for online registration, sponsorship opportunities,  and so much more!
  • Gala Press Release

8.21.21 Milestone Awardees:

This organization can only help the children and families that we serve because of the dedication and perseverance of our team members. Our annual gala brings us together, giving us the opportunity to recognize those employees who have met a milestone year of employment. This year’s “milestoners” are:

5 years – Melissa B. Susanna H. Kevin R. Ashlie S.  Melanie Y.     15 years – Vicki R.

Please join us in thanking these folks for their hard work and all they bring to Crossroads.

8/20/21 Announcing our 2021 Gala Honorees:

♥ CAP COM Cares Foundation        ♥ CDPHP

Over our many years as a nonprofit organization, the support of our community has always been a critical component of our existence and growth. We are truly blessed by the wonderful businesses, organizations, foundations, families, and individuals who help us so generously.

Each year at our Gala, we choose someone to honor in gratitude for their help over the past year, which is always a meaningful and challenging review, as we truly appreciate the contribution of everyone in our Crossroads community.

This year, though, we have two honorees, and both were easy selections for their assistance not only to Crossroads but to others in our community. In fact, that is the nature of this award – “Connecting The Community Award”.

CDPHP has been in our corner since 2018 when they provided a grant to support our curriculum. Since then, they have annually supported Crossroads with grants, boosting our technology program and aiding our school year with COVID support. Through introductions from Victoria (CDPHP), we became partners with Special Olympics and CAP COM Cares Foundation. In December of 2020, CDPHP surprised us with a general support grant in the amount of $25,000 which has helped us with operations, program costs, and a special project that we’ll talk about in a minute.

CAP COM has been a special friend since 2019 when Paige Reukkert first came for a tour of the program and soon afterward advocated for our organization to her foundation to receive a grant we’d applied for. That grant helped with technology, which as you can imagine, has been a major need and concern for us at Crossroads. During COVID, we were included in CAP COM’s printed calendar, giving us visibility to all of their constituents, and CAP COM employees volunteered as virtual Secret Readers for our students. In Spring, 2021, we received an invitation to apply for a nonprofit organization “ugly” infrastructure grant, which we won in June, allowing us to take the opportunity to move forward with a project of creating separation walls to subdivide a larger space and provide more privacy and physical distance for students in our Clinic. Along with the funding involved, we were able to participate in a press conference and in a video; again the opportunity to share our mission was exceptional for us.

Back to the Christmas gift from CDPHP above, a portion of this money contributed to the Separation Walls project and enabled us to fully transform the space.

We are thrilled to honor both CDPHP and CAP COM Cares Foundation for being lead connectors in our community and for your compassion for our children and families.

8/6/21 updated deadline:

Oh no! Did you miss the Friday 8/6 deadline to get your sponsorship intentions to us in order to be listed on the invitations? NO WORRIES- you still have some time – we are pushing back the deadline to Friday, August 13th. Please let us know if you are going to be an #honorarymember or a #sponsor by then. Thanks!

Save the date! 10/23/21

Visit our GALA PAGE for so much more!

Crossroads Gala 2021



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